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The Coaching Runners Podcast helps coaches hone their craft via in-depth interviews with elite coaches and accomplished athletes, as well as sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches. Jay Johnson hosts the show. Links and notes from each episode can be found at

Mar 23, 2020

Jeff Messer, PhD, and Jay discuss how coaches and athletes can view training during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Messer references two papers and summaries them in this podcast.

1. Debunking the Myth of Exercise-Induced Immune Suppression: Redefining the Impact of Exercise on Immunological Health Across the Lifespan.

Feb 26, 2020

Tony and Jay spend most of this episode focused on training, specifically discussing what distance coaches can adapt from the sprint world to improve performance.

If you listened to episode 005 with Tony you know he strongly recommends distance coaches use wickets (aka mini-hurdles) with their athletes. He tweaks that...

Feb 17, 2020

Three former guests on the podcast discuss a variety of topics, starting with a definition of the term “speed” and how that term fits into the training of distance runners. Specifically, Jeff Boelé and John O’Malley discuss acceleration and why it may or may not be useful for distance runners.

The conversation...

Feb 10, 2020

Note: Explicit content in this episode.

Tony Holler (@pntrack) is the head track coach at Plainfield North High School in the Chicago area. Tony Holler has coached track for 38 years, football for 28, and basketball for 15. In June of 2019, Tony retired after his 38th year of teaching (Chemistry). He remains as the head...

Feb 6, 2020

Scott Steffen is the boy’s and girl’s coach at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, IN.

His boys team won the state cross country championship in 2019. Indiana has a single classification championship and Concordia Lutheran has an enrollment of just over 700 students. His boys went on to finish 4th at the...